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Ahnenerbe: Nazi Secret Society and their Reinterpretation of History

Ahnenerbe: Nazi Secret Society and their Reinterpretation of History


Few know of the Ahnenerbe organization, a secret society created in 1935 by Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Wirth and Richard Walter Darre, even though the names may sound familiar. Herman Wirth was a Dutch historian obsessed with Atlantis, while Walter Darre was the creator of the Nazi Blood and Soil ideology, as well as the head of the Race and Settlement Office. As for Himmler, he later became known for his appointment as the leader of the SS ( Schutzstaffel).

Himmler, seen here visiting a concentration camp in 1936, was one of the founders of the Ahnenerbe. (Deutsches Bundesarchiv / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)

Himmler, seen here visiting a concentration camp in 1936, was one of the founders of the Ahnenerbe. (Deutsches Bundesarchiv / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)

Rewriting History at the Ahnenerbe Organization

Officially, Ahnenerbe was registered as a study society for primordial intellectual history and German ancestral heritage. Yet the organization was funded by members and the 3rd Reich, and its true goal was to research the cultural history and characteristics of the Aryan race in an effort to prove that they were a god-like advanced race from which Germans were descended. Therefore, Ahnenerbe’s mission was to reinterpret the past and validate the vision espoused by the 3rd Reich.

With his obsession for the occult, one of Himmler’s dreams was to create a new religion that would replace the Christian religion in Germany. For that purpose, after being integrated into the SS around 1940, Ahnenerbe, which means “ancestral heritage”, fulfilled numerous missions for the Nazi’s all over the world to search for rare Nazi relics, mythical places and ancient texts.

The Ahnenerbe organization had as many as 50 different branches dealing with more than one hundred research projects total. Some of the branches were responsible for research in Tibet, India and archaeological expeditions. Archaeological excavations were conducted in Germany, Greece, Poland, Iceland, Rumania, Croatia and many other countries, including Africa and the occupied part of Russia. Tibet in particular, was a priority location for research, specifically the Institute for inner Asian Research.

Under SS pennants and a swastika, the expedition members of the Ahnenerbe organization in Tibet. (Deutsches Bundesarchiv / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)

Under SS pennants and a swastika, the expedition members of the Ahnenerbe organization in Tibet. (Deutsches Bundesarchiv / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)

One of the research Institutes of Ahnenerbe was dealing with the so-called World Ice Theory, which has suggested that there are several moons in different orbits around Earth, and that the approach of those planetary objects resulted in polar shifts and cataclysmic events. Scientists within the organization also supported that Earth was created when a giant chunk of ice collided with the Sun.

Ahnenerbe also intensively searched for Atlantis and the Holy Grail all over the world. Bizarre as it may sound, occultists believed that the Aryans, the white Nordic superior race of pure blood, had escaped the mythical Atlantis when it sunk after being, wait for it, struck by a divine thunderbolt, and inhabited the Earth, including Tibet.

Their aim was to discover where these Aryans had gone to after the thunderbolt, and this was the reason why a team was sent to Tibet in 1938. Here they invested their time measuring skulls, taking photographs and collecting artifacts before the mission was cut short by the arrival of the war.

Member of the Ahnenerbe conducting anthropometric studies. (Deutsches Bundesarchiv / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)

Member of the Ahnenerbe conducting anthropometric studies. (Deutsches Bundesarchiv / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)

Top-Secret Experiments at the Ahnenerbe Organization

Apart from history exploration, Ahnenerbe also conducted top-secret experiments with new technologies, some of which are thought to have involved artifacts or ancient texts that had been discovered during their expeditions. Furthermore, notorious experiments were also performed on live human beings.

The intensive work of the organization in so many fields leaves us wondering where all this knowledge has gone. Material from the Tibet expedition was said to be stored at a castle in Salzburg, while the last center at which Ahnenerbe’s work was located was in the village Waischenfeld in Bavaria.

According to the information that is available, before the fortress fell into the hands of the Americans, a large number of documents were destroyed. All the artifacts that Hitler’s Ahnenerbe’s organization had recovered, along with a wealth of Nazi archaeological research, pseudo science, ancient texts, information and research have forever been lost, or so we have been led to believe.

Top image: Iconography of the Ahnenerbe organization. Source: Fair use

By John Black


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Why is it that some people, when commenting attempt to provoke another into a muck throwing session. I see this very often and I am switch off from following any further. Go away Whatalittle willy..  

The word Nazi was coined by America as were the terms, Gook or Geek. The word was not used in Germany. Do we still, today, refer to the Vietnamese people as Gooks or Geeks.  I think not and so it is time to think again.


“Du bist nichts ohne dein volk und deiner sippe!”

“You are nothing without your people and your clan”


I like Pete Wagners comments. 

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People believe that the Earth formed when a massive block of ice hit the sun? Unfortunately, I'm not even sure how anyone could come up with such a claim.. Why??!

I love this kind of stuff and the stories of the Bodlanders and New Berlin

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John Black

Dr John (Ioannis) Syrigos initially began writing on Ancient Origins under the pen name John Black. He is both a co-owner and co-founder of Ancient Origins.

John is a computer & electrical engineer with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, a... Read More

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